Elizabeth Vercoe has been hailed by the Washington Post as “one of the most inventive composers working in America today.” Active as a composer in the United States and abroad, she has been a fellow at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy, the St. Petersburg Spring Music Festival in Russia, the Cité International des Arts in Paris, and the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire. She has written works on commission for Wellesley College, Austin Peay State University, the Pro Arte Orchestra, and the First National Congress on Women in Music. Her music has been performed by the Memphis Chamber Symphony, the Women’s Philharmonic, the Boston Musica Viva, Alea III, the Great Noise Ensemble, and counter)induction. Awards include grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Meet the Composer, the Artists Foundation, and the Massachusetts Arts Council.

Lauded by Gardner Read as “an exceptionally gifted composer with a fine technical command and a keen sensitivity to sound materials,” she has attended concerts of her music in London, Paris, Bangkok, San Francisco, and at Lincoln Center and Tanglewood as well as at international festivals in Russia and Alaska and collaborative programs of music and dance with the Beth Soll Dance Company. Since receiving her doctoral degree at Boston University, she has promoted women’s music as Director of the Women’s Music Festival/85 and in articles and talks. She has taught at Westminster Choir College and Regis College and held the Acuff Chair of Excellence at Austin Peay State University in 2003.

Recorded on Navona, Owl, Capstone, Leonarda and Centaur, and published principally by Arsis Press, Noteworthy Sheet Music, and Certosa Verlag (Germany), her music includes the Herstory series of vocal works on texts by women, staged monodramas on John Brown and Joan of Arc, Changes for orchestra, a violin concerto, and music for various chamber combinations. A dissertation (J. Capaldo, Elizabeth Vercoe: Composing Her Story) about her vocal music is available online.

Albums

Butterfly Effects

Release Date: November 9, 2018
Catalog Number: NV6196
21st Century
Chamber
Flute
Piano
Voice
BUTTERFLY EFFECTS AND OTHER WORKS contains four pieces of music, each with its own personality. Vercoe composed Butterfly Effects using evocative melodies reminiscent of a butterfly in flight. The mood of each of the seven movements, set by the interplay of harp and flute (piccolo, bass, alto, or concert flute), is at times somber and reflective, and at other times bluesy and brilliant. Vercoe experiments with various techniques, sometimes with soaring melodies and trills in the flute, and at other times with more primal, percussive sounds such as beat boxing and key slaps.
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Kleemation

Release Date: October 1, 2012
Catalog Number: NV5884
21st Century
Chamber
Vocal Music
Flute
Piano
Voice
KLEEMATION AND OTHER WORKS is the debut Navona release from Rockport-based composer Elizabeth Vercoe, featuring six of the composer's works for small ensemble and solo instruments. The title piece, Kleemation for flute and piano, draws its inspiration from five drawings by Swiss artist Paul Klee. Through her expertly crafted music, Vercoe effectively captures the moods and styles of the visual elements from which she works, ranging from wry humor to anxiety about the state of our world.
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